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Velma Hamilton Middle School has a goal for all of our students to graduate with the skills and abilities to be successful within their college, career, and community. This goal was developed with feedback from more than 2500 students, teachers and community members. You can see these skills above in what we call the MMSD Graduate Vision. Families are key partners in helping students to become college, career, and community ready. This email will explain some key action steps that we are taking as a school this year in order to help our students develop the Graduate Vision skills. This email will also provide you with some ideas for how you can support your child.

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Middle school students will experience many opportunities to develop the Graduate Vision skills this year. These experiences include:

  • Advisory lessons and curriculum that will include topics such as:  reflecting on Graduate Vision skills, SMART goal-setting, learning styles, strengths, interests and skills

  • Using Xello to explore strengths, interests and skills and maintaining a personal portfolio that will store school artifacts and prepare students for school and job applications, interviews and essays

  • A college field trip in 6th grade, a hands-on workshop called Future Quest in 7th grade and a variety of speakers sharing experiences during the School Makes a Difference event in 8th grade

Each student will maintain an e-portfolio to hold evidence of their exploration, growth, and next steps. This portfolio is housed within Xello, a post-secondary planning website. At the end of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade, students will complete a Portfolio Presentation by sharing key items from this portfolio to tell their story of growth, readiness, and next steps with an adult.

Each student will maintain an e-portfolio to hold evidence of their exploration, growth, and next steps. This portfolio is housed within Xello, a post-secondary planning website. Your child will be sharing their Xello account with you in November so you can see what they are working on.  Students will do some school guided lessons in Xello, but they can work independently with this program too.   At the end of each grade, students will complete a Portfolio Presentation by sharing key items from this portfolio to tell their story of growth, readiness, and next steps. 6th grade students will share this in small groups.  7th grade students will be making a google site. 8th grade students will be preparing answers to interview questions and then doing a one on one interview with an adult from our school community.

How do I support my student’s College, Career and Community Readiness?

How do I learn more?

Thanks for your support in helping your child reach their goals! Please do not hesitate to reach out to the following staff members:

Boyd Snyder (8th grade): 204-4650

Tova Sacks (7th grade): 204-4707

Diane Alsmo (6th grade): 204-4630